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from miss in bib and apron, to my Lord Chancellorll in bib and mace. You shall hear about it next post.
I wrote you word that Lord Euston is married: in a week more I believe I shall write you word that he is divorced. He is brutal enough ; and has forbad Lady Burlington1Z his house, and that in very ungentle terms. The whole family is in confusion; the Duke of G-rafton13 half dead, and Lord Burlington14 half mad. The latter has challenged Lord Euston, who accepted the challenge, but they were prevented. There are different stories: some say that the duel would have been no breach of consanguinity:s; others, that there is a contract of marriage come out in another place, which has had more consanguinity than ceremony in it16: in short, one cannot go into a room but you hear something of it. Do you not pity the poor girl? of the softest temper, vast beauty, birth, and fortune ! to be so sacrificed!
The letters from the West Indies are not the most agree-
became Lieutenant-General;  K.GK, 1726; Master of the Horse, 1735-60.
11  Lord Hardwicke.
12  Lady Dorothy Saville (d. 1758), daughter and co-heir of second Marquis of Halifax;  ra. (1721) Richard Boyle,   third   Earl   of  Burlington. She was Lord Euston's mother-in-law.
is Charles Pitzroy (1683-1757), second Duke of G-rafton; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, 1720-24 ; K.GK, 1721; Lord Chamberlain, 1724-57.
w Eichard Boyle (1694-1753), third Earl of Burlington, a well-known amateur architect.
15  See Sir C. H. Williams' lines On Lady Dorothy Boyle enamoured with Lord, Huston (Works, vol. i. p. 252).
16  Doubtless   a   reference   to   a rumoured project of marriage between Lord Euston and his sister-in-law Lady Augustus Fitzroy (whose husband had died in the preceding May).   Lord Euston had at this date
been married less than a fortnight to Lord Burlington's daughter, Lady Dorothy Boyle. She died a few months later, aged eighteen, in consequence, it is alleged, of his ill-treatment. Lord Euston's intention is alluded to by Mrs. Pendarvos (Mrs. Delany): —'Now I talk of worthlessness, I must tell you the present discourse of the town is that Lord Euston is certainly going to be married to his sister-in-law, Lady Augustus Pitzroy; and that he has made inquiry what the expense will be to keep out of the spiritual court. What a monster he will shew himself to be, and his co-partner in. wickedness no less so! If this be true it will confirm every villainous action he has been suspected of. How happy was it for poor Lady Euston to be removed from such a villain !' (To Mrs. Dewes, Corr,, vol. ii. pp. 205-6.)